Frequently asked questions
The following are a few frequently asked questions about the Cradle Mountain Huts Overland Track Walk that you may find useful.
- How often do trips depart?
Our 6-day trips depart daily from 1 October through to 1 May each season, and our 4-day trips depart on selected dates during the same period.
- Walk accommodation
Our groups have exclusive use of the only private hut accommodation along the Overland Track. Each hut has been discreetly located off the main trail and offers hot showers, a drying room and a dining and lounge area. The huts have 6 twin rooms with comfortable beds.
- How many guests will be on my trip?
Each trip requires a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 12 guests. All accommodation is twin share.
If you book on as a single walker or in an odd-numbered group and the trip fills to capacity, you will share a room with another walker.
- How fit do I need to be?
As long as you exercise regularly, are capable of walking an average of 10 km for six consecutive days, and are comfortable with varied terrain, you’ll be fine! For training ideas please refer to the track notes.
There are obviously steep sections, however, this is part of the whole experience. Each day, there is plenty of time to sit and rest as well as explore, so you won’t feel rushed.
If you are interested in doing more of the side trips (such as Mt Ossa), you may want to partake in extra training to accommodate the additional challenge.
If you are joining an 'Adventure' departure, a higher level of fitness is required, as there will be additional mountain climbs and side trips on most days.
If you have any concerns about fitness, please call 03 6392 2211 and speak with one of our friendly Reservations staff members. We are more than happy to discuss additional information about what you can expect.
- How much weight do we carry?
On the morning of your departure, the guides will carry out a thorough gear check to ensure you have suitable gear and help you reduce pack weight.
If you adhere to our gear list (see below), your pack will likely weigh between 8.5 and 9.5 kg. With special attention to reducing pack weight, your pack and its contents can weigh as little as 7.5 kg.
The pack and Gore-tex jacket that we provide have a combined weight of 2.5 kg, leaving 5- 7 kg for your personal items.
- What do we carry?
Each person must carry their lunch, wet weather gear, spare clothes for the hut, thermals, and warm clothing, plus any extras, such as a camera. For detail please refer to the gear list.
- What style of boots should we have?
You will need lace-up hiking boots that cover the ankle and have sturdy, treaded soles (full-grain leather or Gore-tex with Vibram soles recommended).
We cannot over-emphasise the importance of appropriate footwear. Lower-profile hiking shoes, walking shoes, running shoes, approach shoes, sandshoes, elasticised boots and similar are not acceptable. Boots must be worn in to minimise the risk of blisters. The Overland Track is quite unique in the nature of its terrain. You will be unable to commence the walk without the appropriate footwear, so please feel free to contact us for more details. We are more than happy to discuss footwear with you.
- Do we need travel insurance?
- How many guides are there?
Our guides are passionate outdoor enthusiasts, educated interpreters and fantastic cooks all rolled into one. Two (2) knowledgeable guides accompany each trip. This allows plenty of time for interpretation at interesting points along the track, photo opportunities, rest breaks and walking at your own pace.
- How about food?
The guides prepare scrumptious meals each night which are served with a selection of Tasmanian wines. We are quite happy to cater for special dietary requirements. We just need to know in advance.
For example, here is the dinner menu served at Kia Ora Hut on Day 4:
On arrival at the hut:
Forest mushroom and pea risotto with parmesan
- What time does the trip commence and conclude?
Cradle Mountain Huts 'Signature', 'Adventure' and 'Waldheim to Arm River' Walks
At the start of your walk: we ask that you be at our walker’s base at Entally Lodge at 6.40 am for a briefing. This allows time for introductions and a gear check before departing for the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. For those staying in Launceston CBD, we offer a complimentary shuttle service from The Sebel Launceston (12/14 St John Street, Launceston). You will need to be ready in front of reception at 6.20 am for a 6.25 am departure. For those staying at Quamby Homestead, our shuttle will pick you up in front of reception at 6.30 am for the 10-minute transfer to Entally Lodge.
The conclusion of your walk: your walk will conclude at Entally Lodge at 6.00 pm with airport drop-offs at 6.15 pm and Launceston drop-offs at 6.30 pm.
Cradle Mountain Huts 'Winter' Walk
At the start of your walk: we ask that you be at our walker’s base at Entally Lodge at 11:30 am for a briefing. Our shuttle will collect guests from The Sebel Hotel Launceston at 11:10 am. You will need to be ready in front of reception at 11.00 am. At Entally Lodge, you will meet your guides, and have a gear check and briefing. Lunch on day 1 is following gear check and briefing, before heading up to the Cradle Valley. We will arrive at Cradle Mountain Hotel between 4-4:30 pm, so there will be plenty of time for a relaxed dinner before retiring for the evening.
The conclusion of your walk: your walk will conclude at Entally Lodge at 6.00 pm with airport drop-offs at 6.30 pm and Launceston drop-offs at 7:00 pm.
- What accommodation options do we have pre-and post-walk?
Entally Lodge - our walking base
Located near the small township of Hadspen, just a 10-minute drive from Launceston’s CBD makes it the perfect accommodation prior to your walk. Entally Lodge has 20 newly renovated King Suites with Scandinavian inspired modern décor with ensuite bathrooms. To see details of the special rate which includes breakfast visit https://www.entally.com.au/lodge/accommodation/and enter promo code TWC2122.Quamby Homestead
Set on the grounds of Quamby Estate, Quamby Homestead is the perfect pre or post-night accommodation if you would like a little luxury. The homestead features ten restored guest rooms that feature antique furniture. Rooms are appointed with king, queen or twin bedding, marble or stone bathrooms and heated floors. To see details of the special rate which includes cooked breakfast visit https://www.thebookingbutton.com.au/properties/quambydirect and enter promo code TWC2122. We will provide a transfer to Entally Lodge for your trip departure on the morning of day one. If you are staying At Quamby Homestead prior to your walk please email firstname.lastname@example.org to advise so we can ensure the shuttle is organised for you.Staying in Launceston?
Our shuttle will pick you up from The Sebel Launceston at 6.30 am sharp from in front of reception. Should you wish to use our shuttle please make your way to the Sebel by 6.25 am so we can have an on-time departure. Bookings are essential for the shuttle service. To confirm pick up from The Sebel please advise our reservation team no less than 7-days prior to your walk departure by emailing email@example.com.
- Are there age restrictions?
The minimum age for guests walking with us is 12 years old. There are no upper age restrictions, however, for guests walking with us who are 69 or above, we do require a GP to sign off on a letter we provide.